Photos from the Philly Naked Bike Ride 2021: Clothes off, masks on

There was lots of color on display for the 12th annual body positivity event.

PNBR riders rolling down Kelly Drive on Saturday, Aug. 28

PNBR riders rolling down Kelly Drive on Saturday, Aug. 28

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A midafternoon thunderstorm couldn’t stop the flood of flesh that was the Philly Naked Bike Ride.

Considered second in size only to Portland’s, the body-positivity event has been held in Philadelphia since 2009, attracting thousands to strip down and mount up — often decorated with colorful body paint or other creative accoutrements.

Organizers were determined to make this summer’s ride work after getting derailed by the pandemic last year. To follow the city’s COVID regulation, they adopted the mantra of “clothes off, masks on,” and it appeared most participants followed the rules.

Riders gathered Saturday at the starting point at Glendinning Rock Garden to disrobe and apply body paint. Around 5 p.m., they followed ride leaders on a route that snaked through many different neighborhoods, eventually ending nearby in Matthias Baldwin Park.

Scroll down to check out photos from the 2021 ride.

Jim O’Connor and Melanie Fortino, at Philly's Naked Bike Ride last year

Jim O’Connor and Melanie Fortino, who met at a Naked Bike Ride 10 years ago and have been going ever since

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Body as canvas

Body as canvas

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Getting into the spirit

Getting into the spirit

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Getting the message out

Getting the message out

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Skintight bike shorts

Skintight bike shorts

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Spectators lined up to watch the nude cyclists begin their ride

Spectators lined up to watch the nude cyclists begin their ride

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Audrey Ardanaz paints on Jay Roberts, visiting from out of state

Audrey Ardanaz paints on Jay Roberts, visiting from out of state

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Audrey Ardanaz painting on themselves

Audrey Ardanaz painting on themselves

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If you're going to wear clothing, the more creative the better

If you're going to wear clothing, the more creative the better

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Preparing for the ride at Glendinning Rock Garden

Preparing for the ride at Glendinning Rock Garden

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Disrobing as preparation

Disrobing as preparation

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A driver is not pleased with the traffic disruption

A driver is not pleased with the traffic disruption

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Some drivers chose to ignore the whole thing

Some drivers chose to ignore the whole thing

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BYO street markings

BYO street markings

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Philly has plenty of built-in bike infrastructure

Philly has plenty of built-in bike infrastructure

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Supportive (and curious) spectators

Supportive (and curious) spectators

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'Clothes off, masks on' taken very literally

'Clothes off, masks on' taken very literally

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Novel crosswalk pattern

Novel crosswalk pattern

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Special decoration sported by Tim Williams, from Richmond, Va.

Special decoration sported by Tim Williams, from Richmond, Va.

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Jim B., from Michigan, was the first biker to Baldwin Park

Jim B., from Michigan, was the first biker to Baldwin Park

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Relaxing at the finish line in Matthais Baldwin Park

Relaxing at the finish line in Matthais Baldwin Park

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